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Whether it’s reaching out to a newly released project, musician or creating a spotlight for local talent to be heard on any of our stages, as well as opportunities to be heard opening for larger acts on our full-venue stage. We look forward to reopen and launch our newest concepts that strongly support the local music in our city. The local music scene is super important to us – we are a small city, but we have big dreams. Let’s grow and support each other – putting Saskatchewan on the map for premium music and entertainment experience.

WHALE AND THE WOLF ARE MAKING NOISE WITH THEIR HARD POP SOUND WHILE TOPPING RADIO AND STREAMING PLATFORMS

Whale and the Wolf are a Frankenstein project, carefully pieced together to create new sound and new meaning to the rock genre. The band has roots in prairie cities, making their road to success a lot different than most bands. With that being said – the work that Whale and the Wolf have put in doesn’t go unnoticed. They have headlined festivals, opened for big names, and right now – they are taking big steps with their newly released single “Midnight Riot”. Whale and the Wolf are the fresh faces of this generation of rock music.

Whale and the Wolf join us to chat their band name, the connection to Saskatchewan/Alberta, recent success of their new single “Midnight Riot”, working with a Grammy nominated Producer, sharing stages with A-List performers, what’s next for Whale and the Wolf, and so much more.

WHAT DOES YOUR BAND NAME MEAN? AND WHO CAME UP WITH IT?

WHALE AND THE WOLF: The band name was presented by myself, and collectively agreed upon after much deliberation. It was between “Whale and the Wolf” and “Moth”. Our bassist, Lucas, was really fighting for the latter, and I still kick myself every time I see a moth (Which is often, because of lights). It’s a universal experience to see a streetlight surrounded by moths on a hot summer night, and think, “Wow, what did those guys even do before electricity?”. Every time I see a moth, I think of what our band name could have been. That’s a hard thing to live with. Good thing there’s already a Scandinavian Crabcore band called “Moth”. That really softens the blow. 

“A BUFFET OF COUCHES TO CRASH ON”

– WHALE AND THE WOLF

HOW DID THE BAND CONNECT? MEMBERS OF THE BAND ARE FROM ALBERTA AND SASKATCHEWAN.

WHALE AND THE WOLF: Although three of our members are from Saskatchewan, and two from Alberta, we all linked up while taking up residence in Edmonton. We’re a Frankenstein act made up of members cherry picked from different bands in the scene. All of the members of the band were playing roles in different local acts, going to one-another’s shows, partying, smoking, and hopping on stage with each other at one point or another. Whale was created when two of those acts simultaneously split up. Whale was created when two of those acts simultaneously split up. Brought together like all healthy relationships, we’re what you would call a “rebound.” 

“VERY DEDICATED BASE OF LOYAL FRIENDS AND FANS IN THE PRAIRIES ”

DO YOU FIND HAVING LINEAGE IN TWO DIFFERENT PROVINCES ELEVATES YOUR BAND TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL?

WHALE AND THE WOLF: Having collective lineages in two different provinces has been incredible for the band. The home town show for any group is always a special experience for a touring act. We are lucky enough to have three cities that give us those incredible home town banger experiences. Whether it’s Edmonton, Saskatoon or Regina, we’re lucky enough to always have a ton of homies to slug beers with, tons of familiar faces in the crowd, and a buffet of couches to crash on during any given overnight stay.  

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YOUR RECENT SINGLE ‘MIDNIGHT RIOT’ HAS BEEN SKY ROCKETING ON SPOTIFY, WHAT CAN YOU CREDIT THIS SUCCESS TO?

WHALE AND THE WOLF: This is tough one. I would one million percent attribute the song’s success to our very dedicated base of loyal friends and fans in the prairies. We’re lucky to be part of a scene on the prairies that still really gives a shit about rock music. We were persuaded by many differing opinions in the business who told us to hang onto our recordings until we can properly tour in support of it, but we said nuts to that! I think that in a way, the pandemic has created a fierce loyalty to support local. Aside from our prairie fanatics, the lion’s share of our streaming numbers are actually in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal. To that, I unbiasedly attribute that to the fact that the song fuckin’ rips. 

WORKING WITH GRAMMY NOMINATED

PRODUCERS JIMMY MANSFIELD AND PAUL ROGERS, HOW DID THIS PARTNERSHIP COME ABOUT AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO THE FUTURE OF WHALE AND THE WOLF?

WHALE AND THE WOLF: I was in Nashville on a trip that was planned purely out of leisure. I wasn’t going there on music business. I was going there to get white girl wasted. I was at a burlesque show that was wall-to-wall packed with people drinking cocktails made with whipped egg yolk. It was standing room only, and through fate, I ended up standing next to this guy named Jimmy. We got to talking. He was a producer. I played in a band. In NASHVILLE? (What a coincidence!!!). Afterwards we kept in touch online, and after sending him some of our stuff, he decided that our band didn’t suck. One year later, we had him and his producing partner-in-crime, Paul Rogers, fly up to Edmonton to make a record. They also ate lots of poutine. Like… every day. It was impressive. They whipped us like a rented mule for ten days straight, taking us out of our comfort zones musically, and elevating our writing techniques to a new level. I don’t ever want to record with anyone else ever again. 

THE NEWEST SINGLE “MIDNIGHT RIOT” REACHED 50K LISTENERS IN ONE MONTH.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE MORE SUCCESS? FOR INSTANCE, YOUR DEBUT 2015 EP ‘WHALE AND THE WOLF’ REACHED #14 ON ITUNES ROCK CHART IN THE FIRST WEEK.

WHALE AND THE WOLF: Any brush with success, be it small, medium, or large is like a drug. You get some… and then you want more drugs…. I mean success. Success!!! You want more success… I don’t think we ever really revel in any sort of accomplishment for too long. It’s always sort of like, “K, that was awesome, now where to next?”.  

Whale and the Wolf in the recording studio – photo by Keenan

YOU HAVE AN ATTRACTIVE RESUME OPENING FOR A-LIST ARTISTS

SUCH AS CITY AND COLOUR, MOTHER MOTHER, AND THEORY OF A DEADMAN TO NAME A FEW. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO UP AND COMING ARTISTS TO SECURE OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THE ONES YOU HAVE HAD?

WHALE AND THE WOLF: Opening up for, and briefly being associated with big A-List acts doesn’t really get old, but we take it upon ourselves to never really fanboy out. We don’t really go out of our way to try to party with any of these cats, mainly because they probably don’t want to party with us… Haaa! I would like to think that in keeping our exchanges with these acts as professional as possible, it allows us further opportunities to play big slots. It’s pretty easy to get blacklisted. So, don’t get blacklisted. We almost got in shit last year opening up for BUSH. It was a rainy day and a big stage with very little shelter from the sideways blowing rain. BUSH was, literally on like, tour stop #2 of a huge crazy long tour, and I don’t think they were super amped to have their uber expensive gear left to the elements at the very beginning of a long grueling tour. I get it. Neither would I. We played direct support, playing to a very large, very wet, very faithful crowd. A part of our stage show involves Brandon on guitar, pushing me quite violently to the ground during the bridge of our song “Badcat”. It’s pretty badass. Well, through the grapevine, the tech crew’s game of telephone got back to BUSH, relaying that the singer of the opening band had a slip and fall on the wet stage, and that it was unsafe to perform that night. We came off the stage, rooster struttin’ after a particularly tight set and were immediately confronted by the show promoters who were concerned for my health. “Did you slip and fall on stage?” they said. “On Purpose” I said. It legit took us quickly pulling up some old tour footage of the stage fight routine from previous shows to convince management that this in fact, was planned. The promoters are OG cool dudes. They laughed it off, but BUSH almost refused to play that night. That would have sucked. 

BAND SINCE 2013, YOU HAVE HAD A LOT OF UNIQUE EXPERIENCES.

TELL US YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT.

WHALE AND THE WOLF: We have gigged for many years collectively, and although some out there would deem the bigger gigs to probably be more interesting, I think it’s always the shitty ones that we, as a group, talk about the most. Like that time we played in Vancouver on East Hastings street, and a man on a Rascal Scooter tried to steal Lucas’ bass during soundcheck. Or that time, post-gig in Grande Prairie, when we all ate pizza and watched from our second story hotel room as an hour long brawl ensued in the Shark Club parking lot. Or in Toronto, when we realized that the key to OUR shitty hotel room, opened up the doors to EVERY room on our floor. We had to go to a Home Hardware and buy tools and a new door knob to install on our door. The hotel actually took the cost of the new lock off of our hotel room. That was nice. It’s the rough stuff that brings you closer as a band. Those are the experiences.  

HOW DID THE MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS OPPORTUNITY HAPPEN?

WHALE AND THE WOLF: We played a giant festival where we were the small print on the poster, and in giant font were names like “AWOLNATION”, “City and Colour”, and wayyyy at the top… “Macklemore”. Needless to say, we didn’t meet Mackelmore. All I can say is, that festival is now defunct. We didn’t get payed for our set, and rumour has it, Mackelmore’s cheque bounced. It sucks, too, that festival had a good long run. We played it for three consecutive years in a row expanding our ‘shared the stage’ list to include Korn, and The Offspring, but a few unavoidable bad turns left the festival inoperable. That’s the way she goes.  

WHAT IS NEXT FOR WHALE AND THE WOLF?

WHALE AND THE WOLF: Good news. More music is coming out. Some realllly high concept self-produced music videos, and more bombass online content. Our boy, Keenan, who now plays the piano/keys is a very talented graphic designer/music video producer. We have a very specific story to tell with concepts that extend past songwriting. For the first time we can collectively communicate these visuals on our terms. Painting a broader picture for you of who we are. We’ll keep pumping out more hot stuff until the current situation eases, and then when we’re finally able to tour again, and do it proper, we’ll make some new noise on stage. We hope to see you there. 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHALE AND THE WOLF, VISIT WWW.WHALEANDTHEWOLF.COM 

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WHAT EVENTS WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO…

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